Co-Working Relationships, the Law and the Minimum Wage

“Filmmaker seeks actor to play lead. £80 offered for three days.”

Shown above is a summary example of something I often see when creatives are seeking to make a project happen. One person (I shall call her “Jenny”) is looking for someone else (I shall call him “Joe”) to perform a role on a project. As a sweetener, Jenny is offering some money to Joe. She’s offering all that she can reasonably afford but less than the national minimum wage.

In this kind of case, someone often pipes in with some version of “you can’t do that, it’s illegal”.
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